• A Perfect 10!

    Dear da Vinci Families,

     24 student poets, two rounds of amazing slams, five awesome judges, one entertaining Emcee, and a super supportive audience;  da Vinci’s Poetry Slam 2017 was a perfect 10!!!!

    Brava Ms. Wasson! Assembling an all-star crew of former students as judges, recruiting student Emcee Gabe Rosenfield, and Katie Loewen and Daniel Boettcher to compute scores—the cast was set. As is tradition, sacrificial poet Eli Carey set a high bar and there was no looking back! As Ms. Wasson shared after the first round, "these brave poets made us all laugh or cry!" 

    "It IS about the poetry not the points," reminded Gabe. CONGRATULATIONS poets: Sara Ownby, Skye Eichmiller, Hannah Ernst, Julian Geary, MJ Sasse, Lelya Vickers, Amber McConnell, Laila Deweese, Mia Miles-Avery, Telia Quiroz, Sophia (Thea) Morris, Meg Redwine, Nora Smith, Elsa Norling, Mac Bixby, Autumn Bascue, Yukpa Wright, Zadie Jones, Dashiel Rucka, Ollie River Satalich, Sarina Sanders, Alayja  Turner-Moore, Erandi Jones-Vega, and Mila Aldridge. THANK YOU for your eloquent, gutsy, heartfelt, funny, and thought-provoking words, you all were awesome!

    The second round, featuring the 10 highest scoring poets, competed for top honors. Like the first round, ALL the poets were outstanding and their slams, on topics ranging from race, semi-colons, sexual identity, social justice, to gut wrenching disappointment, featured stark and truthful words that rang true. The top three places went to five students. Tied for Third place were: Yukpa Wright and Dashiell Rucka, tied for Second place were Erandi Jones Vega and Hannah Ernest; and our da Vinci Arts Middle School Poetry Slam 2017 winner was MJ Sasse. Congratulations ALL!

    To conclude, Ms. Wasson asked the audience to give a rousing round of applause to the judges (Nona, four former students, including Alex Hernandez (our 2016 Winner), and a guest, Meredith Stewart (a friend of Mr. Boettcher’s). She also thanked Gabe, Katie and Daniel, student tech crew, staff members (many of whom coached some of the poets), and the audience for their wonderful and inclusive support. 

    Finally, the Slams this year were outstanding. Never before had their ever been a tie, and this year there were two. As Ms. Wasson shared, "It is a testament to how close the scores were," and the superlative quality of writing and the performances. “The poets were that GOOD!” 

    Brava, Bravo Ms. Wasson and ALL! THANK YOU for your tenacious and creative voices!